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Am J Psychiatry. 1995 Jun;152(6):919-22.

The last appointment before suicide: is suicide intent communicated?

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Department of Mental Health, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors' goal was to determine whether people who committed suicide within 4 weeks after having made contact with a health care professional communicated their intent to commit suicide during that final contact.

METHOD:

Using data from a nationwide psychological autopsy study of all suicides in Finland that occurred in 1 year, the authors examined the 571 cases of suicide victims whose last appointment with a health care professional took place up to 28 days before suicide, including 100 cases of victims who had appointments on the day of suicide.

RESULTS:

Suicide intent was reportedly discussed in only 22% of the cases; it was particularly uncommon in general practice and nonpsychiatric specialist settings.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of patients who commit suicide do not seem to communicate their intent to do so during their last appointment.

PMID:
7755124
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.152.6.919
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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